Coal Looks A Lively Outsider In The Leinster National

Marino Marvel ran a cracking race on Friday night, and only for interference down the back he would have placed. He just failed to get up for 3rd by a short head, and it could be that he will stay even further. He could be one to watch out for if sent hurdling, as his dam is from a family that has produced quite a few winners over jumps.
Sizing Coal looks overpriced at Naas.
Sunday’s selection goes in the Leinster National at Naas at 16.50, and Sizing Coal looks an interesting contender for the Dreapers, who won this race last year with Venitien De Mai. The Dreapers have a proud tradition of producing classy staying chasers, and this fella showed plenty of promise in some good races in the last couple of seasons.
Things haven’t quite gone to plan this term though, and he has fallen and been pulled up on his last two starts. However, his mark has slipped as a result and he is now rated 133, just a pound higher than when a cracking third to Fletchers Flyer in a valuable handicap at Punchestown last April. He can also boast a placed effort in the Irish National (2015), so on his day he is clearly a talented performer.
David Mullins is an interesting jockey booking and the last time he rode Sizing Coal was for that excellent Punchestown effort. Sizing Coal’s last win came at this trip in a rated chase at Sligo on heavy ground, so the testing conditions tomorrow will be ideal. He holds an entry for the Aintree National this year, and he will struggle to make the cut unless he goes up a few pounds.
That should mean it is all systems go tomorrow, as he won’t have many more chances to get the rise in the weights he needs to get in at Aintree. He is on a workable mark, the ground will suit and his last win came at tomorrow’s trip of 3 miles. He has been freshened up with a 74 day break since his last run, and hopefully he comes back with a bang tomorrow. He is worth chancing each way at odds of 20/1 in an open looking Leinster National.


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